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|( 1880s: ) 1887|
- January 11 – Louis Pasteur's anti-rabies treatment is defended in the Académie Nationale de Médecine, by Dr. Joseph Grancher.
- January 20 – The United States Senate allows the Navy to lease Pearl Harbor as a naval base.
- March 3 – Anne Sullivan begins teaching Helen Keller.
- March 4 – Gottlieb Daimler unveils his first automobile.
- April 21 – Schnaebele incident: A French/German border incident nearly leads to war between the two countries.
- June 18 – The Reinsurance Treaty is closed, between Germany and Russia.
- June 21
- June 23 – The Rocky Mountains Park Act becomes law in Canada, creating that nation's first national park, Banff National Park.
- July 1 – Construction of the iron structure of the Eiffel Tower starts in Paris, France.
- July 6 – King Kalākaua of Hawai'i is forced by anti-monarchists to sign the 'Bayonet Constitution', stripping the Hawaiian monarchy of much of its authority, as well as disenfranchising most native Hawaiians, all Asians and the poor.
- August – The earliest constituent of the U.S. National Institutes of Health is established at the Marine Hospital, Staten Island, as the Laboratory of Hygiene.
- October 1 – The British Empire takes over Balochistan.
- November 10 – Louis Lingg, sentenced to be hanged for his alleged role in the Haymarket affair (a bombing in Chicago on May 4, 1886), kills himself by dynamite.
- November 11 – August Spies, Albert Parsons, Adolph Fischer and George Engel are hanged for inciting riot and murder, in the Haymarket affair.
- November 13 – Bloody Sunday: Police in London clash with radical and Irish nationalist protesters.
- December 5 – The International Bureau of Intellectual Property is established.
- The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn is founded.
- A construction and developer brand on worldwide, Skanska was founded in Malmö, Sweden.
|Troy State University||Public||Alabama university|
|Catholic University of America||Military ranks||The school stays closely connected with the Catholic Church and Catholic organizations.|
|Nebraska Wesleyan University||Military ranks||Nebraskan liberal arts college|
|North Carolina State University||Public||Over 50 NC State alumni have achieved the rank of Brigadier General or higher in the United States military.|
|Title||Born||Place of birth||Died||Summary||Description|
|Roundell Palmer||15 April 1887||3 September 1971||Spook|
|James Marshall-Cornwall||27 May 1887||25 December 1985||Spook|
|Deputy Head of MI6|
|André François-Poncet||13 June 1887||France|
|8 January 1978||Diplomat|
|Hastings Ismay||21 June 1887||India|
|17 December 1965||Diplomat|
|Ex Secretary General of NATO.|
|R. H. Bruce Lockhart||2 September 1887||27 February 1970||Author|
|Edwin G. Booz||2 September 1887||Pennsylvania|
|1 October 1951||Businessperson|
|Max Brauer||3 September 1887||Germany|
|2 February 1973||Politician|
Deep state operative
|Mayor of Hamburg. One of a dozen men whom Józef Retinger consulted when setting up the Bilderberg|
|Victor Hope||24 September 1887||Scotland|
|5 January 1952|
|Chiang Kai-shek||31 October 1887||Fenghua|
|5 April 1975||Soldier|
|Bernard Montgomery||17 November 1887||Surrey|
|24 March 1976||Soldier|